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Too sweet the Sachin spot

The venue, the hype, the 200th Test record, the suitably arranged home ground choice, the return of the tired Windies – all of it is a bit unfair and not in the finest traditions of the sport. Bet Tendulkar himself is getting a bit miffed with this exploitation but cannot do anything about it. Even he can’t take on the BCCI monster if it decides to make an exhibition of a Test match.

Where else in the annals of great sports history has anyone been literally been given such an orchestrated goodbye?

I know it is not done to critique anything that has a Sachin motif but let’s be honest here: the priority for these officials is not Sachin per se; it is the musical sound made by the clicking of the turnstiles and the ad revenue that pours in for this spectacle.

Even the turnstiles is a joke. When you think of it, only 6,000 tickets will go to the public, the rest of them earmarked (a ridiculous breakdown only Indian bureaucracy can achieve) for, you guessed it, officials and VIPs and associations and other exclusive ‘club’ members and their families. So much for democracy at its finest! And they will charge top whack for ad space.

When you take a hero and convert him into a cardboard cutout out of greed, something about it doesn’t go down well. Maybe I am being oversensitive but too much adulation, like too much honey, is unbearably sweet…and sticky. Just hope the wicket isn’t.

Governance Now

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